San Diego SAN Airport Overview

San Diego International Airport SAN - also known as 'Lindbergh Field' - serves the City of San Diego in southern California and surrounding areas.  It is the Nation’s busiest single runway airport, however, its reduced runway capacity also limits the number of international flights the Airport can accommodate. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has ranked San Diego Airport as the fifth in the Nation's top airports, and number 1 in the State.

SAN Airport is only a few miles to the center of San Diego, California, and is only 20 miles from the Mexican border. It is conveniently situated on North Harbor Drive, off Interstate Hwy I-5, offering connections to S.R. 163, I-8 and I-15. The area is known for its mild climate, plentiful beaches and world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

With a a yearly  estimate of 19.5 million travelers, San Diego Airport is served by  major airlines and regional jet services, offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. Southwest is its dominant carrier. 

 - TSA opened its Pre-check application center in Feb. 2016.
 - Global Entry technology and APC's (Automatic passport Control kiosks) are now available
The Cross-Border Terminal  will enable passengers to cross directly from Tijuana Airport in Mexico, via new U.S. Customs & Border Protection station in Otay Mesa (south of  San Diego, on U.S. ground) - by taking the 160-foot pedestrian 'Tijuana Cross Border Bridge' - thereby allowing ticketed passengers to cross the bridge in either directions at a fee.
 - The new Customs station at Otay Mesa
is to considerably lower waiting times and to boost cross-border tourism. 
 - The new Rental Car Center (RCC)
opened in January 2016, housing most of the rental car agencies serving the Airport. Shuttle service is available to /from the Terminals by new shuttle buses. While RCC currently houses 14 rental agencies, ample space allows for up to 19, and for 5,000 cars.

San Diego International Airport  now has two active passenger terminals – T1, T2 (T1 of which will eventually replaced by a new T1 - see (b) below).

Present & Future Airport Developments:

Approval was received on building a new 3-level, 3,000 space parking garage with Smart Park technology, enabling parkers to reserve & pay for space prior to departing.
  -  Terminal 1 Replacement:  Of the 5 alternatives presented - 'Alternative 5 ' of the Airport Development Plan has been chosen for the next  phase of Airport development  - due to its short construction period, minimal site work requirements & lowest construction costs. The unified design also improves connectivity to other terminals, their amenities & services.  Also part of the project is a central federal inspection facility. 


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SAN Delays: 15 mins or less.

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